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dumpster diving for trashed video frames


Published 2008


deleting files in hfs+ file systems, sigh...
OK, so I was on the command line and hit "prior command" and too quickly accidentally deleted a critical video i really wanted!!

so i had to try to recover the video frames from either my SD card or my laptop HD. i learned a lot -- how to "dd" both disk images, try sleuthkit/autopsy, some other recovery tools. for various reasons, nothing could find or restore the deleted video.

so then i got insane. i learned more about motion-JPEG and came up with a 21 digit hex string to look for. i found *all* motion-JPEG frames on my HD that were for *existing* videos, and found all frames on my HD that belonged to trashed items. (from there, i was able to recover all but the first few seconds of this movie i deleted, yay!)

but so what *this* movie is, is a concatenation of all the full and partial frames from *deleted* videos, that i found in my 72GB laptop HD scan. they are in "found byte position" order, and make a very surreal and most satisfying video.

art from unwanted trash items!!


Run time 2 minutes 9 seconds
Producer Tracey Jaquith
Production Company PoohBot Pictures
Audio/Visual sound, color

Credits

Audio track is from Archive item:
CROISSANTS FOURRÉS CRÈME CHOCOLAT by Mark Hamn, track "Margarine"

Reviews

Reviewer: ListenerX - - November 24, 2014
Subject: Sublime Chance Mind Melt
Awesome ... truly trippy ... would be 5 stars but the audio seems to loop from halfway when the frames cease to change and freeze. It "feels" like there's a story going on, that we are part of a recollection, or maybe just really stoned. Might be tempted to suspect that there has been some human intervention but on the other hand random chance can sometimes throw up some sustained mindbending.
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